Penance (Holland Taylor Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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A Minneapolis PI investigates the murder of the man who killed his wife

Holland Taylor is comfortable in interrogation rooms. For years the cold dark cells of the Minneapolis homicide squad were his turf, and with the help of his partner he wrung confessions out of countless killers. But that was long ago. Tonight Taylor is on the other side of the desk. Tonight he is the suspect. Taylor’s career in the department ended after his wife and...
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Overview

A Minneapolis PI investigates the murder of the man who killed his wife

Holland Taylor is comfortable in interrogation rooms. For years the cold dark cells of the Minneapolis homicide squad were his turf, and with the help of his partner he wrung confessions out of countless killers. But that was long ago. Tonight Taylor is on the other side of the desk. Tonight he is the suspect. Taylor’s career in the department ended after his wife and daughter were killed in a drunk driving accident. The culprit, John Brown, was sentenced to a measly six years for vehicular manslaughter, and Taylor vowed bloody vengeance in front of open court. After a few months of freedom, Brown is shot dead, and Taylor, now a private investigator, is called in as the obvious suspect. He didn’t kill John Brown, but he will find out who did if—even it means tearing Minneapolis apart from the inside out.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Murder intrudes on a Minnesota political campaign in this first outing for St. Paul PI Holland Taylor. A former cop, Taylor is suspected of murdering a drunk driver who killed his wife and child four years ago. Hunting the murderer to clear his own name, he latches onto the gubernatorial campaign of Carol Catherine ``C.C.'' Monroe, a telegenic legislator whose rise began shortly after the mysterious hit-and-run death of an opponent. Apparently on the verge of upsetting two veteran politicos, Monroe is vulnerable: she once made an intimate videotape with her boyfriend, and now blackmailers may be after her. When a likable young Monroe campaign worker learns something dangerous and pays with her life, Taylor finds himself on a truly sordid trail. Some impressive tough-guy sass emerges from the narrating Taylor, and Housewright, a former newspaper reporter, has an intriguing, darkly pessimistic take on American politics and media. But long monologues and a weakness for preaching bog the story down and, in the end, Taylor is more narcissistic than interesting. (Dec.)
Wes Lukowsky
Joe Sherman was the other driver when St. Paul private eye Holland Taylor's wife and child were killed in an automobile accident. Sherman was drunk at the time of the accident, did prison time, and was recently released. Now he's dead, and Taylor is the most likely suspect. Sherman's death turns out to be linked to Taylor's current case, involving state representative and gubernatorial candidate Carol Catherine Monroe, who is being blackmailed by an old boyfriend. Taylor is hired to pay the ransom and secure the tape, but when he arrives at the drop site, the blackmailer is dead. As the bodies pile up, Taylor discovers the link between Monroe and the late Joe Sherman, solves the case, and gets himself off the suspect list. This is a surprisingly accomplished first novel with a likable everyman protagonist and a clever plot. The dialogue sags once in a while, and there are a couple of extraneous subplots, but most readers will find these faults minor and will look forward to Taylor's next case.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453239568
  • Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Series: Holland Taylor Mysteries , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 25,292
  • File size: 483 KB

Meet the Author

David Housewright
A former reporter and adman, David Housewright (b. 1955) has, in the last fifteen years, become one of America’s most successful mystery authors. Born in Minnesota, he pursued journalism from a young age, hand-mimeographing a neighborhood newsletter and editing his high school paper, from which he was fired for printing an editorial condemning the Vietnam War. After high school he went to work, first for the Minneapolis Tribune and later for a small newspaper in southern Minnesota. It was there that Housewright met Holland Laak, the county sheriff who inspired his first detective: Holland Taylor. Taylor’s debut, Penance (1995), was a success, winning Housewright an Edgar Award for best first novel. As he gradually began writing fiction fulltime, Housewright produced two more Taylor novels before publishing A Hard Ticket Home (2004), which introduced Rushmore McKenzie, an unlicensed Twin Cities private eye. In 2011, Housewright published the eighth McKenzie novel, Highway 61, and he has plans for more. He continues to live and work in Minnesota.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Must read- got me hooked.

    First novel I read by author- loved it, reading the rest of his work!!!!

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    Good read drags out a little to much could lose interest

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